CBS Sports updates College Football Playoff, full Bowl predictions ahead of Week 5

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This past Saturday produced an incredible day of college football from start to finish. The day began with a back-and-forth showdown between Clemson and Florida State, which wasn’t decided until overtime.

It went on to include multiple wild finishes, including Notre Dame and Ohio State. It’s no surprise that there was a shakeup to the CBS Sports bowl predictions ahead of Week 5 after all of the insane action that took place this past weekend.

However, the top four did remain the same. Here is the updated full college football bowl predictions from CBS Sports:

1. Georgia

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Xavian Sorey Jr. and linebacker Troy Bowles celebrate
(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Georgia continues to pile up wins against lesser competition, but the Bulldogs haven’t been as dominant as we are accustomed to seeing through the first four games of the season. Kirby Smart’s team was tied with UAB at 7-7 in the second quarter, and the score was still competitive at 28-14 at halftime.

Georgia did get its passing game going, tossing for 394 yards, but it also allowed UAB to pass for 250. The Bulldogs will play their first road game of the season this weekend at Auburn, and with the competition getting a little tougher, perhaps the intensity level and focus of Georgia will, too.

2. Michigan

Michigan Wolverines football Jim Harbaugh
(Photo by Lon Horwedel /

Speaking of teams that are winning but not dominating, Michigan was in a battle with Rutgers for a half on Saturday, before eventually pulling away. The Wolverines fell behind 7-0 early but battled back to take a 14-7 halftime lead. They went on to win 31-7.

Michigan is also set to get its first road test of the season this weekend with a matchup at Nebraska. There’s no doubt that Jim Harbaugh would like to see his team play better as the games gets tougher.

3. Texas

T’Vondre Sweat (Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports)

The opponent for Michigan in the Rose Bowl is predicted to be Texas, at this point. A week after letting Wyoming hang around for a while, Texas took care of business on Saturday against Baylor. The Longhorns led 28-6 at the half and cruised to a comfortable 32-point win.

Texas continues to play well on both sides of the ball and looks like one of the best teams in college football. The Longhorns have back-to-back tough tests coming up as they host a ranked Kansas team on Saturday, before facing Oklahoma on Oct. 7.

4. Florida State

Florida State
Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4), defensive lineman Fabien Lovett (0) and offensive lineman Darius Washington (76) celebrate after winning against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium. (David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports)

In the other playoff game, CBS predicts Georgia will face Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. The Seminoles got all they wanted from Clemson on Saturday but were ultimately able to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2014.

It wasn’t always pretty, and Florida State has plenty to improve on. But they look like true College Football Playoff contenders to this point. FSU went 2-0 against arguably its two toughest tests of the season in LSU and Clemson.

Fiesta Bowl: Washington vs. Tulane

Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.
(Nick King | Lansing State Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK)

Washington continues to make a strong case for the CFP as Michael Penix Jr. and his loaded group of receivers lead the country in total offense and passing offense and are No. 3 in scoring offense. In a loaded Pac-12, the Huskies might be the best of the bunch.

Meanwhile, Tulane is in position to make a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second consecutive year. The Green Wave showed last season that they can compete with the best of the best, beating USC.

Orange Bowl: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

Ohio State-Marvin Harison Jr.
(Matt Parker — Lettermen Row)

Ohio State had arguably the biggest win of the weekend, going on the road and battling back to knock off a really good Notre Dame team. The Buckeyes showed toughness and heart late to find a way to win and stay in the College Football Playoff conversation.

Mack Brown and the Tar Heels also got a road win on Saturday, earning a 17-point victory at Pitt. With Drake Maye at quarterback and an improving defense, North Carolina is dangerous against anyone it plays.

Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Penn State

Drew Allar (Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama isn’t done yet. A lot of people had given up on the Crimson Tide even making a New Year’s Six Bowl, but Nick Saban rallied the troops and got a big-time, impressive win over Ole Miss on Saturday. They have road games at Mississippi State and at Texas A&M up next.

The CBS Sports prediction for Alabama’s opponent in the Peach Bowl is currently Penn State. The Nittany Lions completely dominated a ranked Iowa team on Saturday. Drew Allar passed for four touchdowns for Penn State, while the Hawkeyes were shut out and managed only 76 yards of offense.

Cotton Bowl: USC vs. LSU

Jayden Daniels LSU Miss State
(Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports)

Caleb Williams and USC continue to impress early on in the college football season. The Trojans were challenged at Arizona State, but held off the Sun Devils for a 14-point win to improve to 4-0. USC currently leads the nation in scoring, averaging 55 points per game.

A matchup with LSU in the Cotton Bowl would likely feature a lot of point as the Tigers also have an excellent quarterback in Jayden Daniels. LSU was challenged on Saturday but held on for a 34-31 win over Arkansas. Daniels passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Remaining college football bowl game projections

Bahamas BowlFIU vs. Eastern Michigan
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas)
11 a.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlLiberty vs. Appalachian State
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)
2:15 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Cure BowlCentral Michigan vs. Marshall
Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
3:30 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

New Mexico BowlSan Diego State vs. UTSA
University Stadium (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
5:45 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

LA BowlOregon State vs. Fresno State
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
7:30 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

Radiance Technologies Independence BowlBYU vs. Colorado
Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)
9:15 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

MONDAY, Dec. 18
Myrtle Beach BowlTroy vs. Toledo
Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)
2:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

TUESDAY, Dec. 19
Scooter’s Coffee Frisco BowlSMU vs. Oklahoma State
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
9 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

THURSDAY, Dec. 21 Boca Raton BowlRice vs. Coastal Carolina
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Florida)
8 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

FRIDAY, Dec. 22
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla BowlGeorgia Tech vs. South Alabama
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
6:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Birmingham BowlWest Virginia vs. South Carolina
Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Alabama)
Noon, ABC and the ESPN App

Camellia BowlLouisiana Tech vs. James Madison
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)
Noon, ESPN and the ESPN App

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlTCU vs. UNLV
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)
3:30 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

Famous Idaho Potato BowlNorthern Illinois vs. Wyoming
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
3:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

68 Ventures BowlMiddle Tennessee State vs. Georgia Southern
Hancock Whitney Stadium (Mobile, Alabama)
7 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

SRS Distribution Las Vegas BowlIowa vs. Utah
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)
7:30 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

EasyPost Hawai’i BowlBoise State vs. FAU
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex (Honolulu)
10:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

TUESDAY, Dec. 26
Quick Lane BowlArmy vs. Miami (OH)
Ford Field (Detroit)
2 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

SERVPRO First Responder BowlLouisiana vs. Western Kentucky
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)
5:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Guaranteed Rate BowlBaylor vs. Michigan State
Chase Field (Phoenix)
9 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Military BowlWake Forest vs. Memphis
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
2 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Duke’s Mayo BowlDuke vs. Kentucky
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)
5:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Holiday BowlSyracuse vs. Washington State
Petco Park (San Diego)
8 p.m., Fox

TaxAct Texas BowlKansas vs. Texas A&M
NRG Stadium (Houston)
9 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App


Wasabi Fenway BowlBoston College vs. Navy
Fenway Park (Boston)
11 a.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe BowlIllinois vs. Louisville
Yankee Stadium (New York)
2:15 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Pop-Tarts BowlNotre Dame vs. Kansas State
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
5:45 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Valero Alamo BowlOklahoma vs. Oregon
Alamodome (San Antonio)
9:15 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

FRIDAY, Dec. 29
TaxSlayer Gator BowlMiami (FL) vs. Mississippi State
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
Noon, ESPN and the ESPN App

Tony the Tiger Sun BowlNC State vs. UCLA
Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, Texas)
2 p.m., CBS

AutoZone Liberty BowlUCF vs. Auburn
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)
3:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

TransPerfect Music City BowlMaryland vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
2 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

Barstool Sports Arizona BowlAir Force vs. Ohio
Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)
4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, Jan. 1
ReliaQuest BowlClemson vs. Ole Miss
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
Noon, ESPN2 and the ESPN App

Cheez-It Citrus BowlWisconsin vs. Tennessee
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
1 p.m., ABC and the ESPN App

There is still plenty of college football to be played, but this is how CBS Sports currently has the College Football Playoff and other bowl games playing out. More big-time matchups are coming up this weekend, including Utah-Oregon State, USC-Colorado, Texas-Kansas and LSU-Ole Miss.